Thursday, September 25, 2008

And the Winner is...

Congratulations to Brita for being the first person to get the answers right to the teaser questions! Other people answered correctly, but just later in the day.

What are the article, section, and clause numbers of the Copyright Clause in the United States Constitution?

Article I, Section 8, Clause 8

“To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. ”

Who is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry?

Robert Penn Warren


Warren won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1947 for All the King's Men, my favorite book of all time. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1957 for Promises: Poems 1954-1956 and again in 1979 for Now and Then.

Trivia Contest Teaser

I wanted to give you all a few teasers in advance of the trivia quiz. There will be some much harder and many much easier on October 1st, but I thought these two were representative of the type of questions you'll see.

What are the article, section, and clause numbers of the copyright clause in the United States Constitution?

Who is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry?

Sorry, no prizes for people who get these right.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

How to Research Agents

Via GalleyCat, here's some great advice from author David Henry Sterry about researching agents (besides checking out sites like Publisher's Marketplace and Agent Query and books like Literary Market Place).

Trivia Contest on October 1st

I'm pleased to announce the first ever Lyons Literary Trivia Contest for October 1st (the earliest day that my schedule isn't completely jammed).

The contest will consist of multiple questions about books, authors, publishing, and even a few random tidbits. Some answers will be easy, while others harder. I'm going to try to throw in as many as possible that can't be answered with a simple internet search. Quite a few will have more than one right answer. I'm not sure how many questions there will be right now, but at least ten.

I will select three winners based on amount of questions answered right and how quickly you respond. Responses should be sent by email at info@lyonsliterary.com with the subject line "Trivia Contest". Please do not post your responses as comments to this blog.

Winners can choose one of the three prizes: a query critique and evaluation of your first five pages, an evaluation of your first thirty pages, or a free book from one of my clients (options will be given).

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Contest

I'm thinking of putting together a trivia contest on the blog. Any ideas of what a winner should get?